Posts Tagged ‘Mary’

Assumption BVMA Sermon of St. Laurence of Brindisi
In honour of Our Lady

Mary is the light of the world, the cause of all consolation and joy, as Queen Esther was to the Jews, who saw her as a new light rising in gladness and triumphant glory. It gave the keenest delight to the Jews to have beside so great a king, so powerful a ruler, a queen like Esther: for she was Jewish by birth, she risked her own life to save her people, and there was nothing she could not obtain from that very powerful prince, who loved her beyond measure for her extraordinary charm and almost divine beauty.  (more…)


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A Woman of Might

BVMA Sermon by S. Bernard for the
Octave Day of the Assumption

Whom but Mary did Solomon search after, when he said: ‘ Who can find a Woman of might? Of a truth, the wise man knew the weakness of womankind, the frailness of their bodies, the inconstancy of their minds. Yet, because he had read, and because it seemed fitting, that he, who had overcome through the woman, by the woman should himself be overcome, he burst out into exceeding wonder, and exclaimed: ‘Who can find a Woman of Might?’  (more…)

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Assumption BVMA Sermon of St. Bonaventure
in honour of Our Lady

We see from our reading that in scriptural times three things in women were regarded by men as blessings: that beautiful thing physical integrity, the gift of faithfulness, and courage. The Virgin Mary, we find, was three times declared blessed—by the archangel Gabriel, by St. Elizabeth and by holy Simeon—because she possessed these three qualities to an eminent degree. There was reason and order in that. It was fitting that an angel should remark on the boon of her virginity; the pregnant Elizabeth was the right sort of person to praise her fruitfulness; Simeon, an upright man, could appreciate the brave and manly element in her conduct. (more…)

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Assumption BVMA sermon of S. Bernard for the
Assumption of Our Lady

To-day, the Virgin Mother mounted up glorious into the Heavens, and, doubtless, abundantly increased the joy of the citizens on high. For this is she, the voice of whose salutation makes even them to leap for joy, who still are enclosed within their mother’s womb. But, if the heart of a little one not yet born was melted at the sound of Mary’s voice, what, think ye, must have been the exulting joy of the inhabitants of Heaven, when it was their reward both to hear her voice, and to see her face, and to enjoy her blessed presence.  (more…)

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Mary, the perfect Virgin

The Virgin MaryFrom a sermon of S. Ambrose for the Saturday of Our Lady

Let, then, the life of Mary be as it were virginity itself, set forth in a likeness, from which, as from a mirror, the appearance of chastity and the form of virtue is reflected. From this you may take your pattern of life, showing as an example the clear rules of virtue: what you have to correct, to effect, to hold fast.  (more…)

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Mary, refuge of sinners

Mary, refuge of sinners

Grievous indeed was the harm, beloved, that one man and one woman inflicted on us all; but God be thanked, through one man and one woman the wrong has been righted and God’s favour to us even increased. It was not one of those cases where the compensation equals the injury: the benefits we received in this instance exceeded the amount of the damage. Most skilful and indulgent of artists, God refused to destroy his creation simply because it had received a battering. He took the more useful course of making from it something quite new: he made us a new Adam out of the old one and transformed Eve into Mary. (more…)

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